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Update: Large study highlights the limited role of genetics in mental health and the importance of effective early interventions


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Dear read­er,

Time for Sharp­Brains month­ly e-newslet­ter, dis­cussing the lat­est inno­va­tions for brain health and men­tal health, and open­ing in this occa­sion with a fas­ci­nat­ing study track­ing 2,232 twins over 10+ years.

New research:

New thinking:

New tools:

 

Wish­ing you a great month of Decem­ber,

 

The Sharp­Brains Team

 

PS: And, here’s a fun brain teaser…ready to stim­u­late those neu­rons in your tem­po­ral lobes?

February 26–28th: Save the Date for the 2019 SharpBrains Virtual Summit and help shape the Future of Brain Health

Imag­ine a free annu­al brain check-up — who should take it, and how could it help prevent/ delay/ treat cog­ni­tive decline and Alzheimer’s Dis­ease?

Imag­ine your smart­phone can detect ear­ly signs of depres­sion or Parkinson’s Dis­ease — would you like to know? Who else should know … or not know?

Imag­ine a videogame cleared by the FDA to treat ADHD or sub­stance abuse — how will doc­tors pre­scribe it, patients access it, and insur­ers pay for it?

Imag­ine being respon­si­ble for the health & well­ness of 100,000 peo­ple — how will you help them nav­i­gate inter­ven­tions such as breathing/ exercise/ meditation/ apps/ biofeedback/ tDCS to reg­u­late stress?

Imag­ine invest­ing $100 mil­lion in star­tups devel­op­ing non­in­va­sive, dig­i­tal neu­rotech­nolo­gies — where, and how, will you find great oppor­tu­ni­ties to gen­er­ate finan­cial and social returns?


The 2019 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit (Feb­ru­ary 26–28th, 2019)  will fea­ture over forty of the world’s top experts, inno­va­tors and investors aim­ing to improve brain health and per­for­mance for all in light of grow­ing neu­ro­science and dig­i­tal tech.

Learn More and Reserve your Spot HERE

Want to feel more Calm, get some Headspace, and practice Mindfulness Daily?

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Let me ask again…want to feel more Calm, get some Head­space, and prac­tice Mind­ful­ness Dai­ly?

There are apps for that—hundreds of them, besides the three I just men­tioned.

These apps make a promise: Rather than invest­ing count­less hours and dol­lars in mind­ful­ness class­es or mind­ful­ness-based ther­a­py, we can choose to med­i­tate from the com­fort of our smart­phones. Users are flock­ing to mind­ful­ness apps in hopes of cul­ti­vat­ing kind atten­tion to their own thoughts and feel­ings, and of reap­ing the men­tal and phys­i­cal ben­e­fits that go along with mind­ful­ness.

But do they work? What does sci­ence say about mind­ful­ness apps? Read the rest of this entry »

From Angry Birds to brain mapping: The Gamification of Neuroscience

Mouse Reti­nal Neu­rons (Type 25), per Eye­Wire Muse­um

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A Quar­ter Mil­lion Gamers Helped Build This Incred­i­bly Detailed Map of the Brain (Sin­gu­lar­i­ty­Hub):

In 2012, when Angry Birds was in its prime, Seung had an inspi­ra­tion.

What if,” he won­dered, “we could cap­ture even a small frac­tion of the men­tal effort that goes into Angry Birds (for brain map­ping)? Think of what we could do.” Read the rest of this entry »

Why the Future of Brain Enhancement and Mental Health is Digital and Pervasive

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It was a great plea­sure to share lat­est data and insights with a fan­tas­tic com­mu­ni­ty of researchers, engi­neers, inno­va­tors and investors, host­ed by the Impe­r­i­al Col­lege Cen­tre for Neu­rotech­nol­o­gy in Lon­don. Hope you enjoy the slides!

Talk descrip­tion: As seen in patent and invest­ment trends, research find­ings and consumer/patient behav­iors, Men­tal Health and Brain Enhance­ment are rapid­ly evolv­ing in trans­for­ma­tion­al ways which some call “empow­er­ing” and some “con­tro­ver­sial.” Alvaro Fer­nan­dez, Edi­tor-in-Chief of inde­pen­dent mar­ket research firm Sharp­Brains, will present and dis­cuss the lat­est mar­ket data and fore­casts on how dig­i­tal plat­forms are poised to rev­o­lu­tion­ize brain & men­tal health diag­nos­tics, mon­i­tor­ing, ther­a­pies and enhance­ment.

More pub­lic events Here and upcom­ing vir­tu­al con­fer­ence Here.

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